United States

Reporting on Sexual Violence: A Guide for Journalists

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA),

This guide is intended to support the work of journalists in reporting sexual violence by providing insights into current trends, analysis of recent major news stories, resources to report on sexual violence with accuracy and sensitivity, sources for statistics and information as background to news stories, and contacts for local, state, and national experts on…

Select Incubator Bibliography 2017

Touro Law Center,

This resource is a comprehensive list of articles written about legal incubators, where new law graduates are given subsidized office spaces and training. In exchange for these benefits, lawyers provide pro-bono legal services.

The Homelessness Prevention Program Outcomes and Effectiveness

New York State Department of Social Services,

The Homelessness Prevention Program was established to address the problem of homelessness by preventing it from occurring. Homelessness prevention programs can have several beneficial outcomes, including the prevention of hardships associated with eviction and homelessness. Some programs may also produce benefits in the form of improved family function and improved ability to obtain appropriate benefits from…

Randomized Evaluation in Legal Assistance: What Difference Does Representation (Offer and Actual Use) Make?

D. James Greiner, Cassandra Wolos Pattanayak,

Particularly with respect to low-income clients in civil cases, how much of a difference does legal representation make? In 2007, we initiated discussions with various legal services providers to generate interest in a series of randomized trials that we hoped would provide gold-standard answers to the question of how much of a difference both an offer…

Improving Child Welfare through a Children’s Ombudsman

Richard S Bearup, Vincent J Palusci,

Objective: This report examines the changes in a child welfare system created by establishing an ombudsman’s office to investigate complaints regarding children in the foster care, adoption, and child protection systems. Method: Serving as a complaint office, the Michigan Office of Children’s Ombudsman investigated 443 cases involving 820 children during its first 18 months of…

California’s Legal Self-Help

Judicial Council of California, Public Welfare Foundation,

The Public Welfare Foundation has a special initiative on civil legal aid for the poor. Through this initiative, we hope to catalyze and elevate solutions that advance the civil legal aid field and civil justice reform. As the Conference of Chief Justices called for, the goal is to move toward a system that provides a…

White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Toolkit

United States Department of Justice- Office of Access to Justice,

The WH-LAIR Toolkit is an online tool designed to provide a roadmap to the ways in which legal services can enhance federal strategies for serving vulnerable and underserved populations. The Toolkit is divided into three sections: Civil Legal Aid 101 In this section you will find information on what civil legal aid is, whom civil…

Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo Para Trabajadores Migrantes

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante,

Los trabajadores agrícolas son uno de los grupos más propensos a la muerte a causa del trabajo. Algunos datos dicen que son el grupo más propenso. Por eso es tan importante aprender los peligros de su trabajo como protegerse. Este folleto tiene información básica sobre los derechos de todos los trabajadores en los Estados Unidos…

Member Spotlight: The Florence Project


The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project provides free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona, USA. It works to ensure that all immigrants facing removal have access to counsel, understand their rights under the law, and are treated fairly and humanely. Member Spotlights are short profile articles focusing on members…

White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable: Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop Report

U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and Office for Access to Justice with the National Science Foundation,

This report is by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and Office for Access to Justice with the National Science Foundation. On May 20 – 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF),…

Meet the Winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. Nearly 200 organizations applied for this global prize. An eminent panel of judges awarded three groups – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN…

Q&A: Putting law in people’s hands to demand environmental justice in the United States

Posted by Alayna Chuney in Environment, Land & Natural Resources

Historically, the U.S. environmental movement has focused on litigation and high-level advocacy. The communities who bear the greatest burden of harm who are mostly poor and of color—have had little opportunity to use the law themselves. In 2018, Namati recruited our first crew of legal empowerment advocates. In 2019, we’re working with this group to…